Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

Lance Benzel reports on outdoor recreation along with feature stories - occasionally dipping into hard news. Benzel is a former courts reporter at The Gazette.

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Whitewater rafting conditions in Colorado 'as good as it gets' even with some areas closed

By: Lance Benzel

Stew Pappenfort perused the data on a recent morning and wondered if the Arkansas River was about to reach its peak. After weeks of high water, a single heat wave could melt what's left of Colorado's banner...

State grant will help complete trail around downtown Colorado Springs

By: lance benzel

A $1 million state grant will be awarded to Colorado Springs to complete its long-sought Legacy Loop trail around downtown.

Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, announced the award Tuesday in a news release. It...

Sand Dunes park to raise fees

By: lance benzel

Fees are set to rise on Oct. 1 at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Alamosa.

The park said Tuesday that it will introduce a flat fee of $15 per vehicle fee. That replaces the current fee...

Yay for Dads: There are plenty of reasons to thank dear old dad on Father's Day.

By: Lance Benzel

Is Father's Day destined to be an afterthought?

Established as a federal holiday in 1972, it sure came late - some 58 years after mothers were first honored with an annual holiday - and some studies suggest...

Spring rains in Colorado result in bounty of morels, other mushrooms

By: lance benzel

Nutty, meaty and a little bit sweet, morels hold a unique allure among the wild mushrooms of Pikes Peak's damp understory.

Sauteed in butter with salt, pepper and a dash of chardonnay, they boast flavors...

Red Rock Canyon to reopen in 'next few weeks,' official says

By: lance benzel

Closed for nearly a month for flood repairs, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is nearly ready for the public - though the question of when remains open.

"We are hoping that we can open it up and have people in...

Adventure camps aimed at 'sparking a light in women'

By: Lance Benzel

Storms troubled the waters on Quail Lake, but Erin Elkaim, fresh from a lesson on the basics of stand-up paddle boarding, was smiling just the same.

"It's really neat," said Elkaim, who joined a handful of...

Pack the car: 16 quality places to camp in and around Colorado

By: Lance Benzel

It's the season of wanderlust, but the snow has yet to melt from the high country.

While it's a bit early to begin your backcountry adventures, there is perhaps no better time to hit the road for some...